Good design is both serious business and a pleasure. It can take the most mundane message and add
feeling and character with color, texture shape, line, and pattern. Whether its appearance is subtle or loud,
we experience it every day. As with any art, good design stands out. Often unappreciated, it can create
a compelling image for any product or service. I appreciate fine design and believe it can make a difference.
I hope you do too.

My background includes a Bachelors Degree from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, and the
Media and Web Design Program at New Horizons Michigan. I currently freelance in the Detroit metropolitan
area and partner in Ethos Inc., a marketing enterprise.

I have designed graphics for websites, cross-media, brochures, direct mail, posters, ads, book covers,
logos, invitations, dealership and store merchandising, point of purchase, newsletters, company invitations,
letterheads, event marketing displays, and large format graphics.

Resume of Melissa Burke

Professional profile    
Experienced Graphic Designer with strong creative and organizational skills. Successful at conceiving, designing
and producing print, web and cross-media materials that are visually inviting, functional, dynamic, and effective.
Methodical attention to both detail and overall quality. Supporting player with both associates and clients.
Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships, and maintain them over time.

Computer skills  
Platforms: Mac and Windows.  Software: Adobe CS4 Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Acrobat
Professional, HTML, CSS basics. Microsoft Certified: Word, Powerpoint, Excel.

Professional experience    


  • Conceptualized, designed and produced ads, brochures, catalogs, direct mail, posters, newsletters,
    company invitations, logos, packaging, letterheads, event marketing displays, and large format graphics.
  • Reviewed concepts, layouts and press proofs with clients and supervisors.
  • Prepared digital files for internal press and printers.


  • Formulated basic layout/design approaches, color themes, typography, photographs, and product graphics.
  • Produced final digital art for log in, landing, home, product and services pages, headers, footers, sidebars,
    text modules and response forms, etc.
  • Published custom graphic elements and content to Internet website servers via FTP.


  • Conceptualized and designed integrated web-direct mail campaigns and personal URL pages.
  • Implemented Ad-Builder programs including: GM, Mitsubishi, Kia, Lennox and Service Master.
  • Processed and batched images for optimal use in print files and on websites.
  • Assembled and maintained image, photo, and project archives.


Employment summary:

Your Creative Source, Farmington Hills, MI
Independent Graphic Designer
Print and web

Vertis Communications, Southfield, MI
Freelance Graphic Designer

Avanzado LLC, Farmington Hills, MI  
Graphics Developer
Print, web, and cross-media

FLEXi Display Marketing, Inc., Troy, MI 
Graphic Designer
Print and web

BBDO Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Designer/Studio Artist

College for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design, Detroit, MI  
BFA, Advertising Design
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI  
One-year credits completed toward BFA

New Horizons Computer Learning Center
Media and Web Design program, 2009-2010